The Criminal Code revision that is currently being debated in the General Assembly modernizes antiquated statutes, harmonizes numerous duplicitous provisions and gives us an important new tool in the form of a fifth felony class.
In matters such as medical marijuana, public preference polls should take a back seat to real research into the medical benefits and negative side effects of marijuana use.
Minimum-wage earners made up 3 percent of the U.S. workforce in 2012. According to a policy analyst with the Show-Me Institute, raising the minimum wage could cost them their jobs.
I was surprised that only Michael Trapp joined Mayor Bob McDavid in supporting the proposal. In retrospect, I overestimated the appeal of a device that would have used the increased tax revenue from new development to pay for the necessary sewer, water and electricity upgrades and underestimated the influence of a strongly negative reaction from the vocal segment of the public.
Abstinence-only sex education does not educate teenagers about the benefits of using contraception and leaves them ill-equipped to deal with the reality of teenage sexual activity.
Medicaid expansion makes fiscal sense, and it will bring billions of dollars and thousands of jobs to Missouri.
Columbia represents MU, Stephens and Columbia colleges, one community college and a number of private for-profit institutions. It is time that U.S. Rep. Vicki Hartzler, R-Mo., take a stand for students and alumni by adding her name as a co-sponsor of H.R 532.
Some Republicans are no longer trying to repeal Obamacare and instead are proposing ways to deal with its problematic parts.
Gov. Jay Nixon announced he will sign a tax cut — a move that he vetoed last year — if state legislators agree to approve tax credits and increased school funding.
Missouri lawmakers can grow state employment if they pass measures to expand Medicaid and cut taxes.
The federal Office of National Drug Control Policy characterizes the abuse of prescription drugs as “a serious public health and public safety problem.”
The time to address spending is not after the money has already been spent and the bills are due. Cuts should be made up front. And the government should pay its debts.
Insurance broker Wally Pfeffer writes that he has encountered many business owners who have a hard enough time making ends meet without the added logistical and economic pressures of complying with multiple and oftentimes redundant regulations.
It’s not just the risk of an Atlanta-style fiasco that should concern the millions of people who live in other car-dependent communities. It’s also the toll of their day-to-day experience.
People's Visioning successfully designed a Net-Zero home being built by Habitat for Humanity and is now looking at other renewable energy sources for Columbia.
It’s odd to find ourselves on the same side of gun issue as the National Rifle Association. Of course, the NRA is against it for all the wrong reasons, but in the spirit of togetherness, let’s ignore that.
Wynna Faye Elbert spent a lifetime giving voice to those who were otherwise voiceless. It is ironic that her life story was buried in the public conversation this week by news of Michael Sam’s coming out.
Sen. Claire McCaskill's committee should not stop investigating Army fraud that involved illegal recruiting bonuses until those at the upper end of the hierarchy have paid a price for failing to honor the uniform and protect taxpayers from fraud.
More than 20 health bills filed in the state Legislature since Jan. 8 aim to prove that women aren't smart enough to make health care decisions on their own, a reader writes.
Even though more Americans opted for e-books than ever last year, nearly 25 percent of U.S. adults didn't read a single book — in print or on screen.